This special double issue of Frontiers represents a global outreach unprecedented in the history of the journal. Although Frontiers enjoys a long tradition of guest-edited special issues and has published a number of works from contributors outside the United States, this is the first truly comparative issue, drawing together Australian and American scholarship under the editorial leadership of Victoria Haskins of the University of Newcastle and Margaret D. Jacobs of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The impetus for this collaboration is a topic of global significance, the concern of peoples around the world who share a history of colonization and who remain today, in the words of Ann Laura Stoler, "haunted by empire."1 As its title, "Domestic Frontiers," suggests, the works collected in this volume examine the home as the physical and metaphorical site of the enactment of empire through the intimate relations of colonizer and colonized. A further contribution of this volume, a result of drawing together Australian and American scholarship, is the specificity of imperial context—settler societies: Australia, the United States, and South Africa.
An issue like "Domestic Frontiers" would have been impossible without electronic technology as global as its subject. But behind all successful technology are conscientious and intelligent human beings. The logistics of putting together this issue, with guest editors on two continents and the editorial staff at some remove from the American guest editor, were not simple. We would like to thank Vicky and Margaret for the opportunity to work with them. We hope they are as pleased by our joint labors as we are. We would also like to thank the Frontiers editorial staff for an extraordinary effort: Bonnie Thompson, our invaluable editorial assistant; Victoria Hay, Managing Editor of the ASU [End Page vii] College of Liberal Arts and Science Journals Office; and Rob Covington, our indefatigable copyeditor.
1. Ann Laura Stoler, ed., Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006). [End Page viii]